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Jožef Stefan
Postgraduate School

Jamova 39
SI-1000 Ljubljana

Phone: +386 1 477 31 00
Fax: +386 1 477 31 10


Course Description

Synthesis of Nanomaterials


Nanosciences and Nanotechnologies, third-level study programme


prof. dr. Barbara Malič
doc. dr. Tadej Rojac
doc. dr. Miha Čekada


The students learn the chemical and physical methods of synthesis of nanopowders, thin films, heterostructures, their limitations and specific features of nano-scale.


General introduction to nanomaterials – specific properties due to the nano-dimensionality, thermodynamic background, survey of physical and chemical methods of synthesis of nanomaterials, top-down and bottom-up approaches, methods of characterization.

Physical methods of film deposition: introduction, materials, substrates, surface energy, nucleation and growth, experimental requirements, equipment. Survey and comparison of different deposition routes.

Chemical methods of film deposition: chemical vapor deposition, chemical solution deposition, reactants, substrates, mechanisms of growth, equipment. Survey and comparison of different deposition routes.

Synthesis of nanoparticles: an overview of specific features of syntheses with respect to the large specific surface of particles, particle size control, monodispers particle, agglomeration control, particle stabilization, special methods: sol-gel, co-precipitation, polymer-assisted methods, mechano-chemical synthesis, ultrasonic activation).

Course literature:

M. Ohring, The Materials Science of Thin Films, Academic Press, San Diego, 1992.

R. Waser (Ed.), Nanoelectronics and Information Technology, Wiley-VCH, Weinheim, 2003, P. Erhart, Film Deposition Methods, 201 – 221.

R.C. Buchanan (Ed.), Ceramic Materials for Electronics, 3rd ed. Marcel Dekker, New York, 2004, A. I. Kingon, P. Muralt, N. Setter and R. Waser, Electroceramic Thin Films for Microelectronics and Microsystems, 465 – 526.

G. Cao, Nanostructures and Nanomaterials, Imperial College Press, London, 2004.

B. Lee, S. Komarneni, (Eds.), Chemical Processing of Ceramics, 2nd ed., Taylor&Francis, Boca Raton, 2005, A. C. Dodd, Mechanochemical Synthesis of Ceramics, 65 - 75.

B. Lee, S. Komarneni, (Eds.), Chemical Processing of Ceramics, 2nd ed., Taylor&Francis, Boca Raton, 2005.

O. A. Shlyakhtin, N. N. Oleynikov, Y. D. Tretyakov, Cryochemical Synthesis of Materials 77 - 137. M. Narisawa, Polymer Pyrolysis, 491 - 508.

C. N. R. Rao, A. Mueller, A. K. Cheetham, The Chemistry of Nanomaterials (Vol. 1), Wiley, Weinheim, 2004, Y. Mastai, A. Gedanken, Sonochemistry and Other Novel Methods Developed for the Synthesis of Nanoparticles, 113 - 169.

Significant publications and references:

MALIČ, Barbara, KOSEC, Marija, ARČON, Iztok, KODRE, Alojz. Homogeneity issues in chemical solution deposition of Pb(Zr,Ti)O[sub]3 thin films. J. Eur. Ceram. Soc., 2005, 25, 2241-2246. [COBISS.SI-ID 1840484]

MALIČ, Barbara, ARČON, Iztok, KODRE, Alojz, KOSEC, Marija. Homogeneity of Pb(Zr, Ti)O[sub]3 thin films by chemical solution deposition : extended x-ray absorption fine structure spectroscopy study of zirconium local environment. J. appl. physi., 2006, 100, 051612-051612-8. [COBISS.SI-ID 1946212]

ROJAC, Tadej, KOSEC, Marija, ŠEGEDIN, Primož, MALIČ, Barbara, HOLC, Janez. The formation of a carbonato complex during the mechanochemical treatment of a Na[sub]2CO[sub]3-Nb[sub]2O[sub]5 mixture. Solid state ion. 2006, 177, 2987-2995. [COBISS.SI-ID 20283175]

ROJAC, Tadej, KOSEC, Marija, MALIČ, Barbara, HOLC, Janez. The application of a milling map in the mechanochemical synthesis of ceramic oxides. J. Eur. Ceram. Soc., 2006, 26, 3711-3716. [COBISS.SI-ID 20282919]

PREDOANA, Luminata, MALIČ, Barbara, KOSEC, Marija, CARATA, Mariana, CALDARARU, Monica, ZAHARESCU, Maria. Characterization of LaCoO[sub]3 powders obtained by water-based sol-gel method with citric acid. J. Eur. Ceram. Soc., 2007, 27, 4407-4411. [COBISS.SI-ID 20878631]

MALIČ, Barbara, BOERASU, Iulian, MANDELJC, Mira, KOSEC, Marija, SHERMAN, Vladimir, YAMADA, Tomoaki, SETTER, Nava, VUKADINOVIĆ, Mišo. Processing and dielectric characterization of Ba[sub](0.3)Sr(0.7)TiO[sub]3 thin films on alumina substrates. J. Eur. Ceram. Soc.. 2007, 27, 2945-2948. [COBISS.SI-ID 20664871]


Type (examination, oral, coursework, project):
• seminar and oral exam

Students obligations:

• seminar and oral exam